Miami and Florida International will play in 2006, 2007


Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 10:47 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 10:47 a.m.

MIAMI (AP) - Miami and Florida International will play in the 2006 and 2007 seasons, marking the first matchups of two schools with campuses 11 miles apart in South Florida.

Both games will be played at Miami's Orange Bowl.

"Now that we will play 12 games every year, we want to play seven home games if we can, and that increases our revenue and is good for our fans," Miami athletic director Paul Dee said.

Miami made some ticket concessions to FIU as part of the deal, Dee said.

Florida International is in its fourth season of football, yet has already ascended to the Division I-A ranks and is a full member of the Sun Belt Conference. The roster, like Miami's, is composed almost entirely of players who grew up in South Florida.

"These games will have a tremendous impact on our program," FIU athletic director Rick Mello said.

The games are scheduled for Oct. 14, 2006 and Oct. 6, 2007.

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